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Santa Barbara Hikes

Buena Vista

This trail is no longer accessible due to recent fires and floods. The trail may be completely gone or it may only be inaccessible due to road closures.

Buena Vista and Old Pueblo Trails

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Diane on the Big Chair
Diane on the Big Chair on a side trail near the Buena Vista Trail

This short hike is a loop touching 4 different trails. You begin on San Ysidro Trail, take an Edison road for a spell, then reach the Buena Vista trail, walk a short distance along a road to the Old Pueblo Trail, then continue on back to San Ysidro Trail. There is an option to take the Wiman Trail from the Old Pueblo Trail, instead of meeting back at the San Ysidro, which adds another trail to the loop.

Some highlights along the way: The Old Pueblo trail is a Montecito Trails Association horse trail that passes behind some homes in Montecito. Part of the trail passes along the back of a marvelous garden. There are numerous unusual plants, such as proteas, planted along the trail, and you can see amazing blooms growing in the garden beyond the fence. None of this is native, but if you like beautiful gardens, you will enjoy this.

The Buena Vista trail is an unusual trail in that it is "Y"-shaped. The bottom stem ends at Buena Vista Rd. The two branches form a connection between the two sections of the Edison road. You can use the Buena Vista trail as a connector between San Ysidro and Romero trails, although you will also need to spend a long distance walking along the Edison roads to make the full connection. If you do choose to do this connection, there is a tiny side trail to the "Big Chair," which can be fun.

The total distance of the main loop I've described here is a little under 4 miles. There is a very steep uphill section on the Edison road, but otherwise, the hike is not difficult. All the other extra stuff, of course, will add some distance and difficulty!

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Hiked the Buena Vista Loop on 7/11/2010, dry and warm but still a few crossings with water along the Buena Vista before the Romero cut-off. Beautiful weather; lots of climbers on the San Ysidro walls. Old Pueblo and Wiman trails clear and very well-maintained. Picked up some dog poop bags near the little field above the reservoir on the Wiman and carried them back to the truck (parked at the BV trailhead). Some pics at [url][/url]
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker  on  2010-08-17
Anyone know what the fenced field covered with corrugated steel roofing is? It's by the Wiman trail. Satellite picture here:,-95.677068&sspn=50.291089,78.222656&ie=UTF8&ll=34.447543,-119.61751&spn=0.003225,0.004774&t=h&z=18
Posted by: barnaby  on  2009-03-30
Started on the Wiman trail a few evenings ago and went up Old Pueblo and Beuna Vista to the big bench off the Romero Edison road. Unfortunately the bench has succumbed to termites and weathering to become the big pile of wood.
Posted by: BillF  on  2008-08-07
Post your update here.
Posted by: Diane  on  2005-03-24